History of Voting in the United States

  • 1776 North Carolina Constitution

    The North Carolina Constitution of 1776 created a government for the state and also ensured the privileges people had. The 1776 North Carolina Constitution was created because the people wanted more independence since their rights as Englishmen were violated by London.
    The 1776 Constitution of North Carolina lead to the confirmation of the separation of power and the three branches of government.
  • Seneca Falls Convention

    The Seneca Falls Convention is referred to the starting place of American feminism. It was held in Seneca Falls, New York as the First Women’s rights convention. This convention began because Jefferson’s principles were only for men, not women which was concluded as unfair and unequal to the women.
    The Seneca Falls Convention lead the women to have rights to property and education. It also gave the women the right to vote. The Seneca Falls Convention was basically a landmark for women’s rights.
  • Passage of the 15th Amendment

    The 15th Amendment basically states that one can vote disregarding their race, color or servitude.The passage of the 15th Amendment was created since blacks could not vote.
    The 15th Amendment lead to black people having the right to vote.It banned the use or color or race when deciding whether one can vote or not.This event significantly lead to black people being able to vote in America without being discriminated.It also with the expansion of democracy since it gave more power to the people.
  • Jim Crow Laws

    During the Jim Crow Laws, the whites did not want the blacks interfering in any part of their life and did not even let them vote. However, the grandfather clause was one thing that allowed blacks to vote, which meant that if your grandfather could vote, then so could you. The Jim Crow Laws were created from the Reconstitution.
    This event is significant because the colored people did have the right to vote. However, the state and their local laws did not allow them to whatsoever.
  • Passage of the 17th Amendment

    The 17th Amendment states facts about the Senators and what happens if he or she is absent. The 17th Amendment came into place so citizens could directly vote on a senator since the two houses could not vote for a senator.
    The 17th Amendment basically helped citizens vote on their specific senator they want to choose instead of the whole state choosing for them.This event also helped solve some of the tensions that occured between both houses.
  • Passage of the 19th Amendment

    The 19th Amendment states that citizens should not be disregarded to vote just because of their sex. This event was mostly created since women did not have rights like men and could not vote.
    The 19th Amendment was significant because it lead women to having the right of voting. It showed that voting should not be based on ones sex. This helps significantly with women being able to vote in America. This helped expand democracy since it gave the people more rights and power.
  • Indian Citizenship Act

    The Indian Citizenship Act grants Native Americans the rights to a citizenship. This event came to be since the Native Americans has a limited citizenship around the time of the Civil War.
    For one thing, the Indian Citizenship Act granted the Native Americans the citizenship they deserve though they were the first ones here in America. This event granted the Native Americans an opinion in the government. This also allowed the Native Americans to vote in America.
  • Passage of the 23rd Amendment

    The 23rd Amendment granted citizens from D.C. the right to vote in elections. This came to be since the citizens from D.C. were not allowed since they were not known as a state.
    The 23rd Amendment basically allowed citizens from D.C. be able to vote during elections. It granted the citizens from D.C. give their say in government. It basically gave more people the ability to vote in America. This event lead to the expansion of democracy since it granted more rights and power to the people.
  • Passage of the 24th Amendment

    The 24th Amendment allows for citizens to vote for a President, Vice President or any other elected official without paying a poll tax or tax in general. This event came to be since the 15th Amendment. The 24th Amendment helped people vote and increased the number of voters. People did not have to worry about paying the taxes or fees that came from voting during elections.This allowed the minor classes to begin voting and have a say in government.
  • Voting Rights Act of 1965

    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 granted African Americans the actual rights to vote and allow people to vote without their color or race mattering. This event occured because of a march that discussed the voting rights of colored people.
    The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was one of the very big steps that allowed African American to be able to vote during elections. It gave African Americans more power.
  • Passage of the 26th Amendment

    The 26th Amendment it allowed for men in the military to have voting rights since they were not allowed to vote. The Amendment was specifically made so the voting age could be lowered by 3 years (18).
    The 26th Amendment is significant since it allowed the men in the military be able to vote since they were once not allowed to. It would be considered unfair if the men fighting for our country did not have voting rights. However, this lead to more men being able to vote in America.